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Man charged in wife’s death to undergo mental exam

police investigate the scene of a domestic abuse incident in Mount Pleasant, Wis. Police say a woman who was severely beaten after trying to hide from her estranged husband died from her injuries. Mount Pleasant Police Sgt. Eric Relich says the 36-year-old woman from Arlington Heights, Ill., was separated from her husband and had filed for a restraining order against him. He was arrested at the motel. (AP Photo/The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)

Police investigate the scene of a domestic abuse incident Wednesday in Mount Pleasant. Police say a woman who was severely beaten after trying to hide from her estranged husband died from her injuries. A judge on Friday ordered a mental exam for Cristian Loga-Negru, who is charged in his wife’s death. (AP Photo/The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — A judge in Wisconsin has ordered a mental exam for an Illinois man accused of killing his estranged wife with a hatchet-type weapon.

Thirty-eight-year-old Cristian Loga-Negru, of Arlington Heights, Ill., has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the death of his 36-year-old wife.

Police say the woman was severely beaten Wednesday night after trying to hide at a friend’s home in Mount Pleasant in southern Wisconsin. The women was later found bleeding in the parking lot of a Super 8 motel and taken by helicopter to a Milwaukee hospital where she died.

Officers arrested Loga-Negru at the motel.

WITI-TV reports a mental competency exam was ordered Friday for Loga-Negru.

Information from: WITI-TV, http://www.fox6now.com

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